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anon57
11-15-2008, 02:22 PM
It may not have been the smartest thing to do by Murray in regard to the rest of the tournament but he's playing a competitive sport and I prefer watching a match like Murray/Federer where Murray still gave his all to win even when he didn't need to instead of Djokovic/Tsonga where Djokovic appeared not to care anymore since he knew he would be making the semis anyways:shrug:

clever1980
11-15-2008, 02:23 PM
Yeah that wasn't the smartest thing to do. Epsecially since there was a good chance Roger wouldn't make the final anyway. :shrug:

Hi MY, :wavey:

My thought exactly also. I stayed up all night to watch this match and what a disappointment from Murray. Now, I am really sad for Roger. :sad: Everyone wants to beat him and be crowned as heros even if they don't win anything anymore.

I wouldn't mind Murray winning the whole thing, but he is TOO SPENT to even lift his racquet. What a pity. My last hope is Davy to play like in Miami tomorrow. I need some prayers and vodka. :o

Puschkin
11-15-2008, 02:24 PM
Know what? You're not the only one. My cash is on Denko right now.
And if he manages it, I can only say: FULLY DESERVED for the MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER of the past five years!
Seems as if we are on the right horse. ;)

clever1980
11-15-2008, 02:31 PM
It may not have been the smartest thing to do by Murray in regard to the rest of the tournament but he's playing a competitive sport and I prefer watching a match like Murray/Federer where Murray still gave his all to win even when he didn't need to instead of Djokovic/Tsonga where Djokovic appeared not to care anymore since he knew he would be making the semis anyways:shrug:

Ethically, yes. But I would hope that Murray could still play a decent semi.

If Davy doesn't step it up tomorrow, :eek: :eek::eek:, I am getting flashback of AO 2008 days. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

nobama
11-15-2008, 02:32 PM
It may not have been the smartest thing to do by Murray in regard to the rest of the tournament but he's playing a competitive sport and I prefer watching a match like Murray/Federer where Murray still gave his all to win even when he didn't need to instead of Djokovic/Tsonga where Djokovic appeared not to care anymore since he knew he would be making the semis anyways:shrug:Well I think there's a difference between tanking and maybe not going all out or whatever. Problem with Djerk is he makes it obvious when he's tanking.

I guess that's one of the problems with RR.

Anyway I can't see how beating Roger is equal to or more important than winning TMC. Murray had to know if he had a long battle with Roger it would be a lot tougher to beat Denko today. :shrug:

anon57
11-15-2008, 02:45 PM
Whether or not he felt defeating Federer was as important as winning TMC, I still prefer it that Murray decided to give his all yesterday instead of tanking/giving less of an effort and losing but possibly going further in the tournament.

Rommella
11-15-2008, 03:00 PM
And as expected, Andy's too tired for Nikolay -- this when I was wishing for him to win the whole darn thing given that he took Rog out :bigcry:

clever1980
11-15-2008, 03:09 PM
Whether or not he felt defeating Federer was as important as winning TMC, I still prefer it that Murray decided to give his all yesterday instead of tanking/giving less of an effort and losing but possibly going further in the tournament.

I don't mind Roger-Murray Match. It was a great match. But This is the same Murray who supposedly tanked his firt round match at the Olympics to get a good run at U.S. Open. But of course, these are all media generated speculation.

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/top-stories/Judy-Murray-warns-Andy-that.4355175.jp

didadida
11-15-2008, 03:10 PM
that was so wrong from Murray to spend 3 hours in court just to beat Federer :confused: and then to show up next day with no energy and lose his chances to win the tournament,how could he made that bad choice :o

rofe
11-15-2008, 03:17 PM
that was so wrong from Murray to spend 3 hours in court just to beat Federer :confused: and then to show up next day with no energy and lose his chances to win the tournament,how could he made that bad choice :o

I agree - poor decision on Andy's part. He needs to learn how to pace himself.

Diprosalic
11-15-2008, 03:21 PM
how could he made that bad choice :o

it maybe was a bad choice for his performance but it was e very honorable choice

nobama
11-15-2008, 03:27 PM
:lol: at the murray tards in GM on how excellent Denko played today. I suppose it makes them feel better to think Murray would have lost no matter what. I thought it was a good performance from Denko but not out of this world. He did what was needed to get the job done today.

Minnie
11-15-2008, 03:53 PM
:( That's how I feel about Murray going all out to beat Roger ... as honourable as some may think it was. After seeing his poor energy-less performance today, I just feel a huge let down. I was really hoping to see a RF v AM TMC final ... it may not have happened of course. Yesterday's match between them was very worthy of a final with the standard of play and all the drama.

It was a poor decision strategically from Team Murray (or maybe it was just Murray's choice - he's known to be pretty stubborn).

I've have had a recurring nightmare since this TMC started. Just hope it doesn't become a reality tomorrow ;) I won't watch to find out - given myself the day off.:D Enjoy for those of you who do watch.

SUKTUEN
11-15-2008, 04:20 PM
Roger's 2009 schedule will show out in his site in Dec

juninhOH
11-15-2008, 04:40 PM
Andy's poor serve today played a very important role in the result in my opinion.

robinhood
11-15-2008, 05:11 PM
Is Fed still playing the exhibitions in Asia? :mad:

trickcy
11-15-2008, 05:18 PM
Is Fed still playing the exhibitions in Asia? :mad:

I think he is :mad: Does anybody know for sure? Has he mentioned it in any interview or something?

Federerhingis
11-15-2008, 05:26 PM
I agree - poor decision on Andy's part. He needs to learn how to pace himself.

Mahesh dude, what's up, it's been ages since I last remember seeing your posts. :wavey: :wazzup:

Hello all. :bigwave:

Yeah Murray needs a lot of learning still, but one thing he better not learn is how to continue beating Roger this regularly. :o :tape: :lol:

trickcy
11-15-2008, 05:29 PM
Was this posted before?

Roger Federer
14th November 2008

SHANGHAI, CHINA
[/b]
A. MURRAY/R. Federer
4-6, 7-6, 7-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Give us some comment on the crowd. They're always with you whenever you perform.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it was definitely a great match for the fans, no doubt. Yeah, people know how much I appreciate it, you know, when the fans around the world cheer me on.
It's definitely nice to see they were so much behind me. I know I have great fans here in China, so I'm looking forward to come back next year.

Q. Was there any stage in the match when you considered quitting?
ROGER FEDERER: I don't quit once I step on court. Guess you got to drill me one in the eye, then maybe. But otherwise I don't quit.

Q. Can you tell us how your back was.
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, back was, you know, okay. Under the circumstances, obviously also getting stiffer, you know, but that's more muscular. That's okay. That you can handle.
But I guess there's a lot of compensation going on already the last few days. So body was hurting, you know. Normally best-of-three match, it's peanuts. So it was a pity I couldn't handle it today.

Q. It's a pity this is your last match of the 2008 season. Could you give us some comments on the whole season of 2008.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it was a good season. I was happy I could win the US Open for the fifth straight. I'm looking forward to next year, you know, to go for six. It was an incredible match at Wimbledon, you know, to be part of, so that was good, as well.
Obviously very emotional victories, again, in Basel, my hometown. And winning the Olympic gold for Switzerland was a big moment for me. It's been a good year, you know. But tough to start off with. Tough to end.
So obviously a little bit of mixed feelings. But I think it gives me the opportunity to start over all new again next year.

Q. At the end of the first set you looked in a pretty good situation. What happened at the beginning of the second? Was it a mental letdown, or...
ROGER FEDERER: I was actually very happy, considering how poorly I played the first two matches, how I came out today and played. You know, I mean, I played offensive, aggressive. I took the chances. You know, it worked well. He didn't get the serves pass me like he did in Madrid, so that was good for me.
You know, I was mixing it up well from the baseline. I was coming in, staying back. You know, I'm definitely not great on my serve yet. You know, I mean, I can't mix it up. You know, my first serve, my second serve, I'm not using the kick a whole lot.
That then takes away options. That then takes away surprise. That then makes it difficult. Because I'm not used to playing like that. So I knew -- I mean, Andy's a good player. I think he started off I think with a return winner, Love-15, Love-30, then it goes pretty quickly.
Yeah, I mean, I was already getting tired, you know, just because of everything I went through this week. So considering, I'm actually pretty happy.

Q. If you had gone through, how much energy would you have to play tomorrow and how much energy do you think that match has taken out of Murray?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, look, pretty happy I don't have a match tomorrow, to be honest. You know, I mean, wouldn't have been a whole lot of fun to go out there. I would have played Davydenko, is that correct? That wouldn't have been a whole lot of fun. Against him, you have to defend and run and stuff.
So, yeah, look, it's over right now. Of course I'm disappointed. You know, I mean, I wish I could have played the matches I played here this week, you know, under better circumstances. But, you know, I tried. I almost made a miracle happen, you know. I can't believe how close I got, to be honest. So I'm actually very happy.

Q. You won the US Open this year, but you could not get the title Masters Series under this Masters Cup. I think it is not enough for you. Do you agree with this?
ROGER FEDERER: What's enough for you? You tell me. I'll do it next year. Win nine. I'll do nine next year, okay. Eight, whatever.

Q. Can you break it down for us about your back, how much it affected you, at what point it was bothering you the most, if it affected your serves, groundstrokes, volleys, your strategy?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, yeah, definitely -- you know, look, when you play on the offensive, it's you who decide how you move, where you put the ball. When you're on the defensive, you know, this is where you can't control what you're going to do.
Obviously you have to always pick the offensive game plan. That then has a lot to do with a lot of errors. Sometimes you look like an idiot, as well. But you don't have an option sometimes.
The first match for me was key just to sort of actually feel like the back was okay so I could actually play the Tennis Masters Cup because I didn't force it before, which then, you know, created a whole lot of other things: compensation, unbelievable muscle pain after a two-hour match.
I play four hours in slams, it's not a problem. Here I play two hours, in the morning I can hardly wake up. On top of that, I got sick. All those things just made it really difficult today, this week.
But on the serve, I never felt comfortable all week. You know, I started to feel better and better as the tournament went on, but today obviously energy sort of went away. It's not easy to all of a sudden say, Okay, I guess the back's fine; let's just go full on. Always a little bit worried.
But still happy the season is over. Hope I can recover from all of what happened this week because it was tough, so we'll see how I'll feel next year again.

Q. Would you say this is the strongest top 10 we've had in many years? Are you excited about next year?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I wouldn't say that. I mean, we've always had a good top 10ers all the way through. Remember when Agassi and Sampras played? They were okay. Before that we had some great ones, as well.
I mean, you know, a lot of young guys here. You know, they're doing well. So, no, it's exciting for tennis at the moment. You know, I'm excited to see how they'll handle next year under the pressure, because they've had a good year now. But, yeah, things are looking good for next year for everybody.

Q. It's early days, but is it possible that you and Andy Murray could develop into a similar sort of rivalry you've had with Rafa?
ROGER FEDERER: Hmm. I mean, difficult, I guess. At the moment it's Rafa and myself. I really still feel it's that way because, what has it been, three French Open finals in a row, plus a semi, plus two Wimbledon finals in a row. You know, or three.
Yeah, so we've played on so many occasions, big events. So, I mean, we still have to play a few more Grand Slam finals. If that's the case, I'm very happy from my side.

Q. How much do you think that might have taken out of Murray today?
ROGER FEDERER: Not my problem. I hope it's going to be good matches tomorrow and the weekend. I mean, that's really what I care about. It's going to be hopefully good for tennis, you know. Three new faces. I hope the crowd's excited about it.

Federerhingis
11-15-2008, 05:39 PM
Thanks Lekha dear for the interview. Roger always so candid, honest and to the point. :yeah:

NYCtennisfan
11-15-2008, 06:46 PM
Haha...I'll win 9 next year or 8 for you.

Murray may have been tired today, but he's got to toughen up if he wants to get the most out of his talents as far as titles go.

Game.Set.Match..
11-15-2008, 06:50 PM
Haha...I'll win 9 next year or 8 for you.
:lol: the question was so stupid....'you didnt win enough this year. you agree yes?' :rolleyes:

Corey Feldman
11-15-2008, 06:54 PM
I wonder if Murray still felt winning against Federer meant as much to him as winning TMC. I don't have anything against Murray, really. I feel bad for Corey Feldman. :rolleyes:

Djoke would be thanking Lord, thanking Murray for spending all his energy taking Roger out. If Murray isn't fit to play, I would like honest Davy to go all the way.exactly my thoughts

he's an idiot, ho got too excited from beating Federer

but like Fed - i felt he came into this event far from 100%

if he and Fed were at top fitness and form they'd kick Nadal, Nole and Davydenko into the next planet

but lets face it ... Denko and Nole got all the luck - easy groups, days rest between 3rd match > SF match and both didnt play alot of tennis in the last month anyway

my 2 guys (Muz and Rog) need a rest and need to get healthy as hell for next year.. and they'll both take over the game.

Rog needs to keep his breaks of serves of course

Federerhingis
11-15-2008, 07:45 PM
exactly my thoughts

he's an idiot, ho got too excited from beating Federer

but like Fed - i felt he came into this event far from 100%

if he and Fed were at top fitness and form they'd kick Nadal, Nole and Davydenko into the next planet

but lets face it ... Denko and Nole got all the luck - easy groups, days rest between 3rd match > SF match and both didnt play alot of tennis in the last month anyway

my 2 guys (Muz and Rog) need a rest and need to get healthy as hell for next year.. and they'll both take over the game.

Rog needs to keep his breaks of serves of course


And relearn how to close out matches again. :o :lol: :tape:

Swiss Mountain
11-15-2008, 08:02 PM
Congrats to Roger, he played great match regardless of his back.

Eden
11-15-2008, 08:50 PM
People seem to be surprised to find out that Kolya is a very good player. He is one of the most underestimated ones on the tour.

Andy paid a high price for his match against Roger yesterday. As respectable it is that he gave all he should have thought a bit about the consequences of a long match one day before a SF in such an important tournament. But I'm sure he will learn from this.

It has been a great run in the last months for him and it will be interesting to see what he can achieve next year.

Sunset of Age
11-15-2008, 10:29 PM
People seem to be surprised to find out that Kolya is a very good player. He is one of the most underestimated ones on the tour.

Isn't it funny? Kolya has been in the top 5 for... five years already? Very consistent, usually very worthy of his seeding, very consistent. He deserves a lot more credits than he usually gets. Made me a nice 10K vCash, so at least I do give him the credits... :lol:
I hope he'll win the TMC tomorrow! :rocker2:

Andy paid a high price for his match against Roger yesterday. As respectable it is that he gave all he should have thought a bit about the consequences of a long match one day before a SF in such an important tournament. But I'm sure he will learn from this.

I can't deny that I got an evil grin on my face when I found out Muzza lost today. Funny - he said he wanted to knock out Roger because he didn't want to meet him in the tournament again - well buddy, you're going to see NOONE in this tournament again, lolz. (And how telling is it that Muzza had such a big trouble to beat an injured Roger? ;))
It indeed cost him dearly, but I'm sure the ugly bugger will be back in full force at the AO.

Sunset of Age
11-15-2008, 10:33 PM
And relearn how to close out matches again. :o :lol: :tape:

You didn't see the match Luis? Roger was playing GREAT in the first set. However much his level being less in the second set (I'd rather say that Andy stepped up his) was due to his injury we don't know. I was happy to see Roger's great game back in that 1st set and I take as a good sign of things to come in 2009 - provided he's healthy, of course.

Eden
11-15-2008, 11:39 PM
Isn't it funny? Kolya has been in the top 5 for... five years already? Very consistent, usually very worthy of his seeding, very consistent. He deserves a lot more credits than he usually gets. Made me a nice 10K vCash, so at least I do give him the credits... :lol:

It hasn't been a really successful season from him this year, but who can blame him with all the talk about the bet scandal on his back? I posted an article about his feelings regarding this in the Davydenko thread recently.

I hope he'll win the TMC tomorrow! :rocker2:

It has to be seen how he can deal with the pressure. If Novak is going to win GM should be really interesting and we would see people back who haven't been around lately...


I can't deny that I got an evil grin on my face when I found out Muzza lost today.

Really? You like the guy, don't you?

Funny - he said he wanted to knock out Roger because he didn't want to meet him in the tournament again - well buddy, you're going to see NOONE in this tournament again, lolz.

I don't find anything wrong with what he said. He has a lot of respect for Roger.

Can you imagine how GM would have been if he would have tanked the match? :scared:

The players aren't used to the RR format normally. Their daily life is it to beat their next opponent.

It indeed cost him dearly, but I'm sure the ugly bugger will be back in full force at the AO.

There are a lot of expectations in him now and it has to be seen how he will deal with them in the new season.

EternalxJourney
11-15-2008, 11:42 PM
Isn't it funny? Kolya has been in the top 5 for... five years already? Very consistent, usually very worthy of his seeding, very consistent. He deserves a lot more credits than he usually gets. Made me a nice 10K vCash, so at least I do give him the credits... :lol:
I hope he'll win the TMC tomorrow! :rocker2:



I can't deny that I got an evil grin on my face when I found out Muzza lost today. Funny - he said he wanted to knock out Roger because he didn't want to meet him in the tournament again - well buddy, you're going to see NOONE in this tournament again, lolz. (And how telling is it that Muzza had such a big trouble to beat an injured Roger? ;))
It indeed cost him dearly, but I'm sure the ugly bugger will be back in full force at the AO.

:haha: Muzza really ain't that ugly but his teeth are.

Sunset of Age
11-15-2008, 11:54 PM
It hasn't been a really successful season from him this year, but who can blame him with all the talk about the bet scandal on his back? I posted an article about his feelings regarding this in the Davydenko thread recently.

Yeah... it hit him real hard. Who wouldn't be, if such vile and completely unfounded accusations are made against you? :(
All the more a good reason for me to root for him tomorrow! :rocker2:

It has to be seen how he can deal with the pressure. If Novak is going to win GM should be really interesting and we would see people back who haven't been around lately...

Both players are well-known for occasional brainfarts... we'll see what happens. :lol:

As for some Djoko tards coming back - well, I've kind of missed Fahrenheit. Never made ANY sense at all when discussing tennis, but he was a regular at my bridge thread, and Oh Wonders :eek: :eek: :eek: - he wasn't a bad player at all. Even invited me to play on the net one day. Sadly enough he got banned shortly thereafter... :lol:

Really? You like the guy, don't you?

Yes, I do. He's one of my Undisputed Guilty Pleasures. I think Muzza is an extremely talented tennis player (have been claiming this since I joined the forum), he's a rather nice guy off-court, and his on-court demeanor... well, I don't know why, but he always makes me laugh with his 'moan-groan-whine'-attitude.

I don't find anything wrong with what he said. He has a lot of respect for Roger.

He has. Isn't saying that "beating the BEST PLAYER EVER means more to me than winning the title" a compliment or not? :)

Can you imagine how GM would have been if he would have tanked the match? :scared:

:scared: - yeah... I guess he didn't even have to tank the match, just a loss to Fed and the place would have become the zoo again.

The players aren't used to the RR format normally. Their daily life is it to beat their next opponent.

Can't blaim them. The format is :retard: for tennis, and this TMC again clearly showed *why*.

:haha: Muzza really ain't that ugly but his teeth are.

Nah, you're right, and as Doris already pointed out - I rather LIKE the guy. But then, I have a soft spot for Ginger Heads... :angel:

nobama
11-16-2008, 01:19 PM
So Djerk won today 6-1 7-5. I know when Roger won beating Blake and Ferrer for a lot folks it was ho-hum, never in doubt. That's how I felt today. Yesterday I though Denko might have a chance but when I started watching today I knew Djerk would take it.

I know Djerk can't control who he plays, but there's something about not having to play Fed, Nadal or Murray to win the title that makes it seem not as special.

clever1980
11-16-2008, 01:36 PM
So Djerk won today 6-1 7-5. I know when Roger won beating Blake and Ferrer for a lot folks it was ho-hum, never in doubt. That's how I felt today. Yesterday I though Denko might have a chance but when I started watching today I knew Djerk would take it.

Am I glad I didn't stay up to watch the match. Davy!! All that tiny hope I have of him. :( I might have to stay away from tennis until Djoke loses a match. :rolleyes: I can't bear that "I am (My son is best) the best" circus team. :(


I know when Roger won beating Blake and Ferrer for a lot folks it was ho-hum, never in doubt. But Roger beat Rafa along the way in 06 and 07. Whatever. :o

Or Levy
11-16-2008, 01:38 PM
I missed the final today, and I'm glad I did. Blah. That's the last result I wanted.

Go kick some ass in 09, Rogi!

anon57
11-16-2008, 01:42 PM
:shrug:I would have preferred to see Davydenko win the final but it's not so much the fact that Djokovic won that annoys me, I find it much more annoying that I woke up early on a Sunday morning to watch a match which wasn't even that good.

Sunset of Age
11-16-2008, 01:43 PM
I'm glad I didn't get out of bed in the afternoon to watch this... :lol:
(Yes, I'm a Nighttime Bird, and I had quite a lot of work to do yesterday night).

Too bad for Denko, I'd wanted to see him get that title, but well, what happens, happens... :shrug:

Let the Tennis Withdrawal Effects come now. :(

Sunset of Age
11-16-2008, 01:45 PM
But Roger beat Rafa along the way in 06 and 07. Whatever. :o

A fact that is quite often 'forgotten' when people discuss the match-up between these two. ;)

anon57
11-16-2008, 01:47 PM
;) Not quite ready for Tennis Withdrawal Effects yet, and still waiting for the Davis Cup final next week and then if time to suffer withdrawal effects until january:sad: At least I'll be very busy with moving into my own new appartment so hopefully I won't notice to much.

nobama
11-16-2008, 01:55 PM
But Roger beat Rafa along the way in 06 and 07. Whatever. :oExactly.

Sunset of Age
11-16-2008, 01:57 PM
;) Not quite ready for Tennis Withdrawal Effects yet, and still waiting for the Davis Cup final next week and then if time to suffer withdrawal effects until january:sad: At least I'll be very busy with moving into my own new appartment so hopefully I won't notice to much.

Forgot all about that DC final... :lol:

So you have found a new appartment by now? :D

anon57
11-16-2008, 01:59 PM
Yep, I signed the rental contract last week, and by the end of the year I'm hoping I'll be out of the current appartment which was only temporary and in the new one:bounce:

Sunset of Age
11-16-2008, 02:04 PM
Yep, I signed the rental contract last week, and by the end of the year I'm hoping I'll be out of the current appartment which was only temporary and in the new one:bounce:

Congrats! :yeah:
Hope you have found a nice place to live. :)

SUKTUEN
11-16-2008, 03:02 PM
GOD PLEASE Bless Roger always healthy and happy in 2009!!:worship::worship:

yanchr
11-17-2008, 01:37 PM
Have been away for a while, cuz I was in Shanghai for the masters cup.

Well, not a whole good experience to be in the stadium watching yet another heart-broken match from Roger, which is exactly the same as the 2005 final when I was there too...My luck :sad:

During the 3rd set when we saw him get the treatment several times, sit down when there was not a changeover yet, keep punching his back, we all said, just pull out...Not possible for the Roger we know.

There were actually rumors all around in the middle of the week that Roger would pull out. I was told by a reliable source that he would withdraw on Wednesday morning, but then he didn't. He was very sick on Tuesday. He mentioned it in the press, and he even told the fans "I was so sick yesterday" when he came out signing on Wednesday.

He didn't do a lot of practise the whole week. He came to the venue for practise only once during the whole two weeks when he didn't have a match. Other time he just had some light training near his hotel. His back was probably worse than we thought. And the sickness took a lot of energy away.

But he looked very relieved after the last match. He was happy that the season was over finally.

Not the best ending of this season. But all in all, the win in USO is what matters this year. If I was not in Shanghai, I wouldn't have cared if he played masters cup or not.

I'm looking forward to the next year. And hopefully my luck will turn to seeing him win at the beginning of next year, not losing like this year.

Daniel
11-17-2008, 02:56 PM
Yanchr :hug: :smooch:
thanks for sharing your experience in Shanghai.

SUKTUEN
11-17-2008, 03:46 PM
Roger is very adamant~~~he will never give up to the end~~

he is really a tennis King~~:worship:

trickcy
11-17-2008, 04:25 PM
Yep, I signed the rental contract last week, and by the end of the year I'm hoping I'll be out of the current appartment which was only temporary and in the new one:bounce:
Congratulations Kim :hug:

Have been away for a while, cuz I was in Shanghai for the masters cup.

Well, not a whole good experience to be in the stadium watching yet another heart-broken match from Roger, which is exactly the same as the 2005 final when I was there too...My luck :sad:

During the 3rd set when we saw him get the treatment several times, sit down when there was not a changeover yet, keep punching his back, we all said, just pull out...Not possible for the Roger we know.

There were actually rumors all around in the middle of the week that Roger would pull out. I was told by a reliable source that he would withdraw on Wednesday morning, but then he didn't. He was very sick on Tuesday. He mentioned it in the press, and he even told the fans "I was so sick yesterday" when he came out signing on Wednesday.

He didn't do a lot of practise the whole week. He came to the venue for practise only once during the whole two weeks when he didn't have a match. Other time he just had some light training near his hotel. His back was probably worse than we thought. And the sickness took a lot of energy away.

But he looked very relieved after the last match. He was happy that the season was over finally.

Not the best ending of this season. But all in all, the win in USO is what matters this year. If I was not in Shanghai, I wouldn't have cared if he played masters cup or not.

I'm looking forward to the next year. And hopefully my luck will turn to seeing him win at the beginning of next year, not losing like this year.


Thanks a lot for posting about your experience here :) I hope you will be able to see him win AO too :D

Eden
11-17-2008, 04:46 PM
Laura, thanks for your report :hug:

It's always much appreciated to hear from fans who have been to a tournament.

I can understand that it must have been hard to witness Roger suffering live in the stadion :awww:

Let's hope you can see him fully recovered next year and celebrate a victory of him :)

yanchr
11-17-2008, 06:14 PM
I can understand that it must have been hard to witness Roger suffering live in the stadion :awww:
It was indeed not fun to see him fight like that when the sickness and the back problem obviously affected him worse than we thought probably, and I was not tough enough to not feel anything seeing all this with my own eyes, and hearing the whole stadium's cheering for him as loud as we can :sad: Many people walked away with tears.

And, Roger was such a lovable guy to keep comforting fans after the match by saying "I'm fine. Don't cry. I will come back" sort of stuff when he signed for them, and he smiled. He was even giggling speaking to sb when he walked out of the interview room. It was very comforting to see.

It was great fun anyway to go to tennis. It was great fun to chat with some of your best fan friends, to have the trashy talks, to have dinner together, to watch matches, and everything. I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed every minute of the tournament even if Roger was not the winner.

And I'm glad to share with you guys. :wavey:

soraya
11-17-2008, 08:15 PM
And I'm glad to share with you guys. :wavey:
Thanks dear. Glad to hear you had good time despite Roger's injuries and sickness.

Sunset of Age
11-18-2008, 12:23 AM
It was indeed not fun to see him fight like that when the sickness and the back problem obviously affected him worse than we thought probably, and I was not tough enough to not feel anything seeing all this with my own eyes, and hearing the whole stadium's cheering for him as loud as we can :sad: Many people walked away with tears.

And, Roger was such a lovable guy to keep comforting fans after the match by saying "I'm fine. Don't cry. I will come back" sort of stuff when he signed for them, and he smiled. He was even giggling speaking to sb when he walked out of the interview room. It was very comforting to see.

It was great fun anyway to go to tennis. It was great fun to chat with some of your best fan friends, to have the trashy talks, to have dinner together, to watch matches, and everything. I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed every minute of the tournament even if Roger was not the winner.

What a lovely report on an event that ended so sad for Roger. So wonderful to read that Roger even finds the strength to comfort his own fans after this, and that he even was in good spirits!
Somehow it makes me believe even more than I already do that he'll indeed be BACK in 2009.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience in Shanghai with us!

SUKTUEN
11-18-2008, 04:59 PM
Roger make Chinese fans love him so so much after the last match in Shanghai this year!!!:worship:

Federerhingis
11-25-2008, 04:25 AM
What a lovely report on an event that ended so sad for Roger. So wonderful to read that Roger even finds the strength to comfort his own fans after this, and that he even was in good spirits!
Somehow it makes me believe even more than I already do that he'll indeed be BACK in 2009.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience in Shanghai with us!

Wow that is indeed comforting to hear, I feel and hope 2009 will be a great year for Roger. :yeah:

(I also would like to think it would be a much better year for myself as well, professionally that is. :angel: )

Howdy to all. :bigwave: :wazzup:

It seems like this place will be pretty much quiet for a while....